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Nebraska pro-Israel community to hold state-wide activism conference on Oct. 16 Hundreds of activists and community leaders from around the state will gather in Omaha, Oct. 16, for the Nebraska pro-Israel political activism workshop, "Turning Point: Nebraska, Politics, and Peace." The worftshop, sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the AntiDefamation League/Community Relations Committee of Omaha, and the Jewish Federations of Omaha and Lincoln, will be the first and largest event of its kind to be held in Nebraska, the announcement stated. It will feature topical experts, Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson, members of Nebraska's congressional delegation, including Senator Jim Exon, Senator Bob Kerrey, and Representative Peter Hoagland, as well as other state and local elected offidals. "This unique and exciting conference will bring together leaders and activists from all over the 'State. It is an event you shouldn't miss" said Harlan Noddle who is co-chairing the conference. Taking place during this historic time for Israel and the Middle East, the conference will include briefings by key Israeli officials and prominent political experts, such as Giora Romm, defense and armed forces attache for the Embassy of Israel, who will speak on the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship. Interactive workshops will be held on the peace process, lobbying Congress, opportunities for economic cooperation in Israel, and media activism. Participants will also engage in hands-on train'ing seminars designed to enhance their involve,ment with grassroots political activism. There will be a breakout session on political activism with both Nebraska Democratic State Chair Joe Bataillon and Nebraska Republican State Chair Jerry Schenken.


"I encourage all newly involved and long-time activists to participate in the conference. It promises to be an excellent opportunity to get involved with pro-Israel activism, at this critical time" said Noddle.

Creighton honors Dr. Menachem Mor

r. Menachem Mor was recently honored by friends and colleagues at a dinner hosted by the Rev. Michael Protera, S.J., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Creighton University. Dr. Mor was presented with a certificate making him an honorary alumnus of Creighton. In making the presentation to Dr. Mor, retiring holder of the Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization for the past seven years. Rev. Protera said "Dr. Mor has enhanced the warm bond of friendship that goes back many years between Creighton University and Omaha's Jewish community." Rev. Protera spoke of Dr. Mor's most visible accomplishment, the annual Klutznick Symposium, which was just completed last week-end, and praised Dr. Mor's leadership, sensitivity and tireless eflbrta as a fitting tribute to the Klutznicks. Dr. Mor returns to Israel this week where he will serve as chairman of the Department of Jewish History at Haifa University. He joins his family Devorah, Carmet and Amir in Haifa. The Mor's son, Alon, serves as youth director at the JCC.


Sen. Bob Kerrey meets with Nebraskans, Bob Kully, Tom Fellman, Harlan Noddle and others on Capitol HiU to diaeu— matt«r»dealing with Israel.

From left. Dr. Menachem Mor, The Rev. Michael Morrison, S.J., president, Creighton University, and the Rev. Michael Protera. See symposium coverage on page 8.

Temple Israel selects Rabbi Bookman for Scholar-ln-Residence program

^^bbi Terry A. Bookman of Congregation Sinai, Fox Point, Wis., will be Temple Israel's Scholar-InResidence the weekend of Oct. 14-16. The weekend will begin on Friday, Oct 14, with 8:16 p.m. Shabbat services when Rabbi Bookman will tpeak on 'Finding Ood in the Pew, On the Road, And la Your Home: The Power of Prayer,*

He also will speak at tlie Simcha b'Shabbat service in the Chapel examining Ten Spiritual Paths to Jewish Worship," including chanting, movement, meditation and niggun. At a Shabbat afternoon retreat with Hnvdullah, he will lead the text study concerning 'Serving God with All Our HearU?: Why Jews Don't Pray and What We Can Do About It'

The conference will be held at the Georgetowne Club from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. The registration fee, which includes a kosher breakfast and lunch, is $25 for adults, $18 for students.

Cheryl Cooper to receive Planned Parenthood award Planned Parenthood of Omaha-Council Bluffs will bestow the Curtis T. Todd, M.D., Outstanding Volunteer Award to Cheryl Cooper during the organization's 59th annual dinner Monday, Oct. 17, at Highland Country Club. "Cheryl is a true volunteer," said Timothy V. Haight, PPOCB board president. 'She is a worker, a supporter, a leader and a visionary in pursuit of a goal. And we are grateful that Cheryl's goal is comprehensive, affordable family planning services and education for all members of our community." During the past seven years, Ms. Cooper has been an active volunteer and leader with the Friends of Planned Parenthood, an auxiliary group that supports PPOCB through community and fund-raising activities. She served on the Friends Board of Directors from 1987 to 1993, leading the group as president during 1990-'91 and chairing the Nominating Committee in 1992. , In 1994, she headed the Friends annualj "California Dreomin" benefit, raising a record amount of money and bringing the Friends to a new level of active support. "Cheryl's volunteer accomplishments go beyond just the statistics of dollars raised and hours given,' Mr.Haight said. 'Cheryl has spread her enthusiasm and dedication for Planned Parenthood and family planning throughout the community. Her efforts have yielded an ever-growing band of volunteers and supporters who are actively involved with Planned Parenthood.* In addition to her extensive work with Planned Parenthood, Mi. Cooper sarvM •• an escort at Women* Servioea.



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Parashat Noah Evetybody's Doin' It As an illustration of what Midrash is, I offered my class, among other items, a Midrashic discussion of a word in the first verse of our Sidrah. The verse reads: '. . . Noah was a righteous man; he was blameless in his age .. ." "In his age!?" the Midrash queries. When else? Rabbi Judah suggests that "in his age' means that if he had lived when he might be compared to Moses or to Samuel, he would not have been considered particularly unusual. Rabbi Nehemiah, however, offered an interpretation that is rich in implications, implications touching on a moral problem of our times. The moral problem is. How does one maintain morality in an immoral society? Every year the Jewish Theological Seminary publishes a full-page ad in the New York Times and in m^'or city newspapers throughout the country, just before the Yamin Noraim. This year the Seminary writer tackled the problem of moral man in immoral society. He denied validity to current excuses sometimes heard in our courts, background of poverty, abused childhood, teen peer pressure, "eveiybod/s doin' it," tough neighborhood, etc., etc. The allurement of liquor, drugs, sex, gang security, easily obtained weapons, and all the rest, were weighed in this Seminary teaching against the moral demand for individual responsibility. "Everything," the Talmud has it, "is in God's hands, except your responsibility to be saint rather than sinner." It is in this vein that Rabbi Nehemiah, in our Midrash, replied to Rabbi Judah. Rabbi Judah interpreted the verse as meaning that Noah could be considered "blameless" against the backdrop of his age and environment. Rabbi Nehemiah interpreted "in his age" as meaning that Noah was blameless even in his age and environment. To be sure, it was an age of corruption and violence, an age beyond redemption. But even in such an age. Rabbi Nehemiah has it, Noah retained his integrity. Thus he merited being saved from the flood, the great destruction. Whether the story is "true" or not is irrelevant. We need attach literal historicity neither to the Bible account nor to Rabbi Nehemiah's interpretation. But the Bible's moral teaching, enforced by the Midrashic interpretation, is certainly relevant. Ought we not to demand of our people, particularly our young people, that they pay as little attention as possible to the allurement of our age, and focus their attention on the duties and responsibilities of a moral human being? Perhaps our troubled age is still redeemable ...

YES and Oldtimers host New Year's

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 VISIONS, Nebraska City trip, 9:00 a.m. MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 YES, 10 a.m.

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ABRAHAM B. GENDUESl Services for Abraham B. Gendler, founder of Liberty Gas & Oil Co. in Omaha, were held Monday at Beth El Synagogue. He died Oct. 1 at the age of ^2. Survivors include his wife, Freeda; two sons, Irvin and H. Lee, both of Omaha; a daughter, Goldie Silverman of Abe Gendler Seattle; a sister, Frieda Beizer of Omaha; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Gendler immigrated to the United States irom the Ukraine in 1923. He headed the local chapter of the Zionist Organization of America since 1954, and was a lifelong member of B'nai B'rith. He repeated his Bar Mitzvah in 1985 ^t the age of 83. Memorials may be made to Beth El Synagogue or Hadassah. EMANUEL WISHNOW Emanuel Wishnow, former University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music director, died Friday in Lincoln, after a lengthy illness, at the age of 84. Mr. Wishnow was bom in England and lived in Boston, where he studied violin under Max Stearns. He received a bachelor's degree at the University of Nebraska in 1932 and a master of arts degree at New York University in 1939. He did radio and theater work from 1929 to 1938 and was a bandmaster in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Allied Expedition Forces in England, France, the Netherlands and Germany. Mr. Wishnow played in the string section of the Glenn Miller Orchestra and was the first conductor of the Stuart Theatre Orchestra in Lincoln and concertmaster of the Lincoln Symphony. He also conducted the Omaha Symphony and the University of Nebraska orchestra. He taught violin at the university and was director of the school of music from 1968 to 1972. He tL >n taught full time until his retirement in 1975. LENA FORBES Word has been received of the death of Lena Forbes of Dallas, formerly of Omaha. She died Oct 1 at the age of 97. Interment was Oct. 3 in San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris. Survivors include two daughters, Sara Shipper and Ruth Litwin, both of Dallas; a son, Daniel of Houston; 13 grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. BES8POLLAK Services for Bess PoUak of Omaha were held Oct. 2 at Mt. Sinai Cemetery. She died at the age of 86. Survivors include a sister. Rose Slepyan, one niece and two great-nieces, all of Chicago.

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The YES and Oldtimera recently celebrate ed New Yean with a party, flora d'oeuvrea were served in the lounge and lunch followed in the auditorium. A raffle for an affhan, donated by Sophie Kahn, was won by PauU Schwalb. Pat O'Hanlon and hia father, Biichael, entertained with muaioal medleyi. Joining in the feitivities are, front row, Charlie Altman and Rfillie Zevlti. Back row, George and Julie Sohaphro anil Bdith Abrama.

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By Michele Chabin JERUSALEM (JTA) — The real estate indusi like most other sectors of the Israeli economy, is feeling the effects of the peace process, according to industry insiders. During the past year, Israel's real estate market has benefited from the optimism generated by peace agreements with th6 Palestine Liberation Organization and Jordan. Foreign investment in commercial real estate is booming, and realtors attribute at least part of this upward trend to the peace process. Yet, while momentum at the negotiating table has translated into profits in the commercial sphere, the private housing market remains more ambivalent Despite daily headlinM proclaiming that the government has Mcretly offorad compensation to some settlers in the Gasa Strip and the Golan Heighta — reports that the government has firmly dsaii few tettlara appear to be preparing to leave, Whereas local realtors say they antidpats a time whan many reaidenU of the Unritoriea will seek property within laraal's pre-lMT bordart, tbay raport that vary (tw aattlan have made inquiriaa.

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BETH EL SYNAGOGUE 14506 California Omaha, NE 68154 492-8550 Candleligliting 6:38 p.m. Office Hours: Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ^^^B TEMPLE ISRAEL Services are conducted by Rabbi Paul Drazen and ^^^H 7023 CasB Street Cantor Emil Berkovits. ^^^^ Omaha, NE 68132 FRIDAY: ^P 666^6636 Services at 6 p.m. f^FRTOAY: SATURDAY: I Shabbat evening service is at 8:16 p.m. Services at 9:30 a.m. Kiddush following services. I Rabbi Azriel, Rabbi Stiel and Cantor Yablonski Sitter service starts at 10 a.m., Shabbat story L will officiate. Rabbi Stiel will speak. I The Oneg Shabbat will be sponsored by the time is the first and third Saturday at 11 a.m. TSS (Torah Siddur Skills) at 10 a.m. Temple Sisterhood. Minha-Ma'ariv and Havdalah services, 6:45 p.m. Sitter Service SUNDAY: Sitter service is available each Shabbat evening Services are at 9 a.m. service and the Saturday morning Shabbat service WEEKDAYS: when there is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Please make a Services, 6:55 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. reservation so we may plan accordingly. There are Judaica Shop no facilities for infants. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 SATURDAY: p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon; and by appointment. Shabbat morning service is at 11:15 a.m. B'nai Mitzvah Simcha B'Shabbat—An alternative Torah study Aaron Aizenberg, son of Susan and Jeffrey service will be held in the chapel. The regular Aizenberg, will become a Bar Mitzvah Friday Shabbat service will be held in the sanctuary. evening and Saturday morning. Bat Mitzvahs Sarah Hasslinger, daughter of MLee and Larry Allison Rachel Fine, daughter of Sara and' Robert Fine, will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at the Hasslinger, will become a Bat Mitzvah Friday evening, Oct. 14, and Saturday morning, Oct. 15. Shabbat morning service Saturday. Men's Club Breakfast Julie Ann Coren, daughter of Fran and Meyer Congressional candidates Peter Hoagland and Coren, will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at the Jon Christensen will face off in a candidate forum Shabbat morning service Saturday, Oct. 15. at Beth El Sunday, with breakfast at 10 a.m. The "Mah Tovu" Concert event is open to both men and women. Cost is Saturday, 7:30 pan. Josh Zweiback and his partner, Steve Brodsky, $4.50. RSVP to the office, 492-8550. will perform Jewish rock 'n roll with songs such as B'NAI ISRAEL "Pharaoh, Pharaoh," "Cain and Abel," and 'Jewish The RECONSTRUCTIONIST Rock and Roll Singer." CONGREGA-nON Tickets will be available at the door. Cost is $8 Omaha-Council Bluffs for adults, and $6 for students. 618 Mynster Street, Council Bluffs Men's Club 322-4705 Men's Club will meet Sunday at 10 a.m. Lox and Services are led by Rabbi Ruth Ehrenstein and bagels will be served and there will be a speaker. congregants. Cost for non-members is $3. For information on any synagogue activities, call •TOW" Torah on Wheels (TOW) will be held Tuesday, 322-4705. FRIDAY: , noon to 1:15 p.m., at Slosburg Co., 10040 Regency Family service, 7:30 p.m., 618 Mynster, Council Circle. Hosts are David and Richard Slosburg. Reservations are required. Call the Temple office at Bluffs. SUNDAY: 556-6536. Religious School, 10 a.m. to noon, Westside Adult Ekiucation Community Education Center. Adult B'nai Mitzvah, Tuesday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. FRIDAY, Oct 14: Sisterhood adult education will be held Thursday. Family service, 7:30 p.m., 618 Mynster, Council Rabbi Stiel will teach "History of Jewish Women's Spirituality" from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Rabbi Azriel Bluffs. SATURDAY, Oct. 15: will teach 'Finding God: Jewish Responses" from 5 pjn.~Study session on "Jewish Perspectives on 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Contemporary Ethical Issues." The first topic will be "Organ Transplants." ROSE BLUMKIN JEWISH HOME 6:30 p.m.—Havdalah and potluck dinner. Both SATURDAY: Services are held in the Goldsten Chapel at 9 events will be held at the home of Rebecca and Brent Bloom, 10116 N. 30th Ave., Omaha. For a.m. Members of the community are invited to join directions, call 465-1890. SUNDAY, Oct 16: residents for the service and the kiddush following. Special memorial services are held on the last Religious School, 10 a.m. to noon, Westside Community Education School. Saturday of each month. ^^^ TIFEBETH ISRAEL ^^^B 3210 Sheridan Blvd. ^^^^ Lincohi, NE 68S02 HT 423-8669 ^^ Services are ofnciated by Rabbi Stanley Rosenbaum. Minyans on Mondays and Thursdays, 7:16 a.m. FRIDAY: Light candles no later than 6:42 p.m. Services start at 8 p.m. SATURDAY: Services start at 9:30 a.m. Jr. Congregation at 10:16 p.m.


B'NAI JE8HURUN 20th and South Streeto Lincoln, NE 68502 485-8004 ServicM officiated by Cantor Michael Weisser. FRIDAY) Shabbat evening Mrvioa at 7:45 p.m. SATURDAY! Torah study and Mrvloe at 10 SUNDAY: Habnw tcbool, 9 a-m.; lUligioui Mhool, 10 a.m

CHABAD HOUSE 1322 So. 119th Street Omaha, NE 68144 697-1124 SATURDAY: Davening is at 9:30 a.m., followed by Kiddush. SUNDAY: Davening is at 9:30 a.m. Talmud Classes Talmud class, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Advanced Talmud, 12 p.m. Thursday. Chumaah Class Chumaah class for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Yiddish "Hooked on Yiddish' lessons Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Chabad House. English Claas "Think Jewish and speak English" classes on Jewish topics for new Americans, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at Chabad Flouso.

DEDICATION A memorial for Marine Rosen will be dedicated Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., at Oak Hill snd Bikur Chollm Cemetery in Council Bluflb. Rabbi Debby Stiel will officiate.

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BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE 1502 No. S2nd Street Omaha, NE 68104 566-6288 Office hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Services are conducted by Rabbi Joseph Friedman. FRIDAY: Kabbalat Shabbat services af 6:40 p.m. > SATURDAY: Morning services are at 8:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary and Goldstein Chapel. Kiddush sftonsored by Sisterhood. Babysitting service provided by Sisterhood. Mincha is at 6:40 p.m. Shalosh Seudot, Ma'Ariv and Havdalah conclude the services. SUNDAY: Services at 9 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. WEEKDAYS: Services at 7 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. ' OFFUTT Capehart Chapel 25th Street and Capehart Omaha, NE 68123 294-6051 FRIDAY: Services start at 8 p.m.

Bat Mitzvahs Sarah Marie Hasslinger, daughter of Lawrence and M'Lee Hasslinger, will become a Bat Mitzvah Oct. 15 at Beth El Synagogue. A seventh-grade honor student at Morton Jr. High, she is a band member and plays the flute. She was recently selected to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. She is also working on a tzedakah project for her Bat Mitzvah, involving the pediatric unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Sarah has a younger sister, Jessica. Grandparents are Mace apd Elaine Jabenis, and Lawrence and Betty Hasslinger of Las Vegas. Julie Ann Coren, daughter of Fran and Meyer Coren, will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah Oct. 15 at Temple Israel. A seventh-grade honor student at Beveridge Junior High, she ei\joys tennis, instrumental and vocal music, reading and spending time with her friends. She plays clarinet in the Beveridge Band and saxophone in the Jazz Band. She is also a member of Grace Not) 3, a singing group at Beveridge. Julie spent the last two summers representing Nebraska on the 12 and under Zone tennis team, playing tournaments in several midwestem states. She and her partner will be the 1994 toi>-ranked doubles team in the state for their age group. Julie has a sister, Lisa. Grandparents are Paul and Joy Grossman and Sylvia Coren and the late Henry Coren, all of Omaha.




I wish to thank all my friends and family for their thoughtfulness at the passing of my sister, Sara SirTX>n Reitzer. Manny Simon I wish to thank all my friends and relatives for their thoughtfulness during my illness. A special thanks to Rat}bls Azriel, Drazen and Katzman.

Ina Ltvleh Many thanks to my wonderful friends and family for the visits, cards and messages wishing me a speedy revoovery during my recent hospttallzstkm. It truly helps to know thai so many care. Special ttianks to Rabbi Orszen and Cantor Berkovits for their vistts, Normsn Abrahamaon


Jewish PreM

Ootobar 7,1994

[ Letter to the Editor

A modest proposal

Jo the Editor: I am writing in response to your article on the By Robert Eisenberg student leaders who went to Israel courtesy of Much has been said recently about the Jewish Prtgect Interchange. I was fortunate enough to be community. In this community, with half as many part of that group, and it was an incredible experi- youth as 20 years ago and a high rate of assimilaence. tion, the issue is highly relevant. The program was excellent in every aspect The But our response to this problem has been meek group was exposed to all areas of Israel and not and overly cautious. If we are really concerned with limited to Jewish topics. The country has a very surviving as a community, then bold moves are in rich history full of many different cultural influ- order. The following should be done, and done with ences, and people, which are. still present in mod- haste. em Israel. -Every Jewish child should receive their first year In the article published in the Aug. 26 edition of of preschool free;, as a way of acclimating them into ~ the Jewish Press, I feel my comments were taken the community and easing the burdens of their parout of context where it was reported that I said *i{ ents. ever elected to Congress, my experiences in Israel -Every Jewish child should go to camp for free, would most likely influence me in favorable ways every year. Whether it is day or overnight, a on issues dealing with Israel." ' ^ ^lewish camp should be the birthright of a Jewish I have many things to do in my life before I would child. consider running for Congress, graduating -Every Jewish child should go to Israel, during from college. It also reads like the group was given their high school years, at least once, for free. a one sided Israel seminar, while what we were -The three (now four) synagogues should bring given was a chance to learn on our own about all their students together every month for "a cultural/ sides of Israel's culture, conflicts, and history. social so they get to know each other. Understanding the complexity of the goals of -JCC membership should be free for every adult Israel, it would not be an intelligent decision to under 30. sfmply take one side or the other without serious Obviously, the proposal for free preschool, free investigation into any topic that the country faces camp, and free trips to Israel is a radical one, but today. we are in dire straits. Being indecisive is the demoI was fascinated by Israel, was very sad when graphic, if riot moral, equivalent to hemming and it was time to leave, and would love to return some- hawing with Roosevelt during the war. Many, if not day. However, I was there in a time of peace, and it most, of our institutions are corroding, or at the would be a tragedy to !Iet the beautiful country very least stagnating. The age-old problem of that peace has enhanced be destroyed by narrow, assimilation is at our door, yet our response is far one-sided views. I thank the American Jewish from decisive. > Committee for opening my eyes to the wonderful Innumerable studies show that camp and Israel Jewish culture. However, they did not stop at that, pilgrimages have an enormously positive impact on they opened my eyes to the wonderful culture of a child's Jewish identity and contribute profoundly Israel. to lifelong involvement in the Jewish community. Kory J. Ickler, president There used to be a saying " siz shver tzu zan a Creighton Student yid," it's tough to be a Jew. Today the sa)ring should Board of Governors be, " it's expensive to be a Jew". For young families (and by young I mean those with children still in college) it's an onerous situation. (Naturally, all recipients of the gratis service should be reminded at fundrtusing time and asked to contribute to the best of their ability). By Morris Maline Aside from affluent parents who will pay for Republican candidate for Governor Gene Spence these services in full via the campaign (and there said Wednesday that before the November election will be some aflluent families who will take advanhe will release a plan to cut taxes. He told a meeting of B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers at Regency West that the problem with government, be it federal, state, or local, is that all know how to spend but don't know how to save. He said that his record of 15 years on the Power Board clearly shows that common sense approaches pay ofl° in savings. *At one point, we were advised to bring in a consultant at a cost of $600,000 to show us how to save money." Instead, he said, "^e advised management to "go into the trenches, talk with employees, and ask them how to save. Now, we have a $50 million potential in savings." Mr. Spence also called for "safe streets" and Rabbi Joseph Friedman, above left, continues "liarsh penalties for violent criminals. the weekly Lunch 'n Learn sessions on Oct. In reply to a question, he separated himself from 18,11'.30 a.m. at the JCC, upon his return from the "radical right" and said he would not accept any Israel with the Omaha Jewish Federation amendment limiting rights to an abortion. Shalom Mission. He teaches the weekly Torah portion to (clockwise), John Ainsworth, Editor*! NoU: Although the Jewish Preaa, because of its non-profit Homer and Lourdes Ocanto, Bob and Myra status, does not endorse political candidates, we are Oberman, Julee Katzman and Melissa allowed to report on the election campaigns. Our cov- Friedman. Other sessions are scheduled for erage encompasses three areas: We report on what Tuesday, Oct. 2S, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at candidates say when they appear before Jewish Noddle Development in One Pacific Place; groupr, wr grant interviews to those candidates who re4]uest them and make themselves available to a JP and Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the home of Susie and representstive, and we comment on subjects which Paul Shyken, 601 Ridgewood. For information we perceive to be of special interest to Jewish read- or reservations, call the synagogue office at 556-628& ers.

Gene Spence to release plan to cut taxes

tage of this system, but better to have their cli dren in camp and Israel than not at all) all parents will be expected to contribute what they can at campaign time. How much will this program cost? There are approximately 900 children under college age in this community. If all of them make use of these services every year (which, unfortunately, they won't) it would cost about $1,000 per child, per year, (a day camp session being less expensive, an Israel trip being more, and so on) or $900,000. If half of this money is made back from aiTluent young families through increased giving in the annual campaign (and others who recognize the urgency of this), then it will cost the community $450,000. Where will this money come from? From the UJA. We send the UJA approximately 1 million dollars a year. Doing this will still leave over $500,000 for Israel annually. That comes to about $100 for every Jewish man, woman, and child in Omaha, still well above the national average. In addition, the Israel pilgrimage money we provide for our youth will be pumped directly into the Israeli economy. I just returned from my tenth trip to Israel. For Omaha to be sending money to Israel in our condition is like Bangladesh sending money to Switzerland. Yes, Israel still has a Jewish per capita gross domestic product that is only 80% of the US. Yes, Israel has absorbed half a million Russian and Ethiopian refugees in the past few years. Yes, there are needs on the social services level. But the Russians and Ethiopians and natives in Israel will stay Jewish. For Omaha, it is not so sure. Look at P.J. Morgan and Terry Branstad. They came from Jewish or partly Jewish backgrounds. They do not consider themselves Jewish. In their generation, the Morgansf and the Branstads were rarities. Now they are the norm. Israel today has the third fastest growing devel^ oped economy in the world. Jordan is meeting with Israel this week and the economic potentialities of this accord are mindboggling. Sure Israel still needs our help. But we have to help ourselves first. Otherwise, based on current trends, in 20, 30, or 40 years, we will wither into insignificance. '

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Gary Hill of Lincoln was recently honored as one of five inductees to the Nebraska Junior Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. He is one of only 16 recipients of this award and the honor is bestowed on individuals who have applied the skills they developed during their years in the Jaycees to make significant impacts in their communities and professions, according to the announcement. Mr. Hill is president of CEGA services and president of Contact Center, Inc.

After nine years at its original location in Miracle Hills Square, Body Basics Fitness Gear has moved and is open for business in Rockbrook Village. More room to expand selections of fitness equipment, footwear and apparel is one of the reasons for the move, according to David Kutler, president. Grand Opening week will be observed Oct 22 through Oct. 30, when customers will have a chance to talk to manufacturers' representatives. Baker's Supermarkets and the makers of Healthy Choice, responding to Americans' growing interest in achieving a better balance of taste and nutrition in their diets, are cooprerating to offer grocery shoppers the Eating Smarter Cart Makeover. Registered dieticians will be at all Baker's stores Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., consulting with shoppers about how to customize their own carts for a better balance of taste and nutrition.

Project Dreidel Jewish Family Service and Women's American ORT are planning for Project Dreidel 1994 and are inviting the community to pEU-ticipate. Project Dreidel is the Hanukkah gift distribution service for local Jewish children in need. Individuals or Jewish organizations can respond by either buying gifts for the children or donating money to Jewish Family Service so that volunteers can shop for and wrap gifts. Jewish Family Service would like those people purchasing gifts to consider a gift of Jewish content such as a book, game or puzzle. It is also asked that the gift be wrapped or tagged with a child's age, sex and gift contents, and brought to the JFS office by Nov. 26. Last year, several contributing families chose to donate money or purchase a gift for Project Dreidel in lieu of one night of Hanuakah gift-giving in their own home. For more information, call Glen Fineman at Jewish Family Service, 330-2024.

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'Russian Club' planned A new Russian Club is scheduled to start Friday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center. The club was designed by Amy Potash, former older adult director for the Bureau for the Aging; Darlene Golbitz, a nurse at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home; and Lidiya Linde, a Russian volunteer. These women saw the need to establish a new program to meet the needs of the older Russian population. Financial, language and cultural barriers cause many problems which prevented this group from fully participating in the existing senior programs. i The club can exist with little cost, due to the support of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA), Jewish Family Service and the Bureau for the Aging. The Russian Club will offer a variety of activities and will meet twice a month, on the second and last Friday. The dates scheduled are Oct. 14 and 28, and Nov. 11 and 25. Each participant will receive a newsletter on upcoming programs each month. Volunteers, esi)ecially those who speak Russian, are greatly needed. For information, call Margaret Conti at 330-4272. For reservations and transportation, call Ida Grinshpon at 330-8316.




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LOVE Notes By Sadye Newman Janice Cohen from New York City entertained the residents of the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home with Klezmer music, familiar Jewish songs. On Grandparent's Day, LOVE sponsored a concert by Lambert Bartak on the accordion and Jess Sutton, who played the violin. Stan Widman, accompanied by Harold Zabin, entertained the residents with singing Broadway songs. The Hadassah sponsored an Oneg Shabbat tea, hosted by Mary Fellman, Lola Reingias, and Frances and Marty Kimmel. LOVE donated Century therapeutic tubs to residents of the home.

'Thirty-nine Forever' Thirty-nine Forever, a social organization for ages 40 and beyond, has started its second year of operation. Among the activities planned on a regular basis are sporting events, theater and potluck dinners. A New Year's Eve dinner dance is planned for this year. For information, call Allan and ESden Ostravich, 397-1581; Jim and Esther Wax, 393-4442; or Jack and Maxine Noodell, 493-7483.

Births Meyer and Martha Anne Schwartz of Augusta, Oa., announce the Aug. 22 birth of a daughter, Eva Claire. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Maurice Schwartz of Omaha and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Allen Tudor also of Augusta. Great-grandparents are Abe Klopper of Omaha, Mrs. Bertha McGowan of Augusta, and Mrs. Hilda Schwartz of Clearwater, Fla,


Jeff and Laura Goldstein of Cincinnati announce the Sept. 16 birth of a daughter, Karen Elizabeth. Grandparents are Jay and Barbara Lashinaky of Omaha, Nancy Golditein-Levine of Cincinnati and the late Robert V. Goldstein. Great-grandparents are Art and Ruth Goldstein and Minnie Frank. Dr. Janet Newman and Michael Wise of Chicago announce the Sept. 3 birth of a son, Noah Harry Wise. Grandparents are Blanche Wise of Omaha and Ann and Charles Newman of Cleveland. Rabbi Aryeh and Elyce Azriel announce the Aug. 18 birth of a son, Yaniv Zohar. They also have a daughter, Leora Ann. Qrondparents are Lydia and Maroal Airial, Tel Aviv, Israel, and Beatrica and Marvin Asrist, Buffalo Grove, III.

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^t was Saturday morning. The sun was glaring What if more people were like me? Was the tradiand the radio was blaring. I was doing something tion of Judaism gpne forever? Uneasy, I fidgeted that teenagers do best-speeding. Moving faster with the golden chain around my neck-a nervous than the rest of the population, I shifted into fourth habit of mine. At the thought of a lost hold on my gear as I gripped the steering wheel of my beloved rehgion, I considered myself part of the problem. I felt 80 terrible. sports car. I sped into the parking lot Euid asked myself the Although I was in a hurry, I was distracted. Along one of the busiest streets in Omaha walked a question once again. What did I hold on to? While Hasidic family of four. Most likely, I thought, t^iey trying to untangle my necklace wound tightly around my small finger, I realized the answer was were on their way to Shabbat services. The man had long iraditional curls dangling from in the palm of my hand. The love for my family, my his cleai^ cut hair and rosy red cheeks in between. trip to Israel, volunteer work, remembering the The women, very conservatively dressed and very past, looking to the future, believing in God. They pretty, followed close behind. In front, a young boy all held together my faith in religion. The guilt I and an older girl playfully teased each other. This once had soon began to diminish. With a smile on my face, my necklace untangled, sight caused a whirlwind of emotions and took me into a world different from the only world I had and five minutes to spare, I ventured into the synagogue. Ahead of me walked the Hasidic family of ever knoMm. It was the world of tradition. Here on a mid-sum- four that I had seen walking along the street earlimer, steam-bath day, this family held on to the er. How ironic it was that we ended up in the same very Orthodox Jewish belief of no driving on the place after taking different paths to get there. I j Sabbath. What did I hold on to? The only thing I thought about this feeUng in relation to my Ufe. I had kept the tradition in my life alive by applycould think of my steering wheel. I felt lonely fpr a moment, even a little guilty. My reli- ing myself to the community around me. The gion was the only thing in my whole life that hadn't Hasidic family chose to keep the tradition alive by failed me and here at the tip of my own toe was the doing more Orthodox things--like walking to very turbo-charged gas pedal that killed the tradi- Shabbat services. This didn't make either of us more Jewish than tion of Judaism's simpUcity. KATSKEE/GREEN How could I have done such a thing? The Hasidic the other-just different. One last time, I held on Gayle Elaine Katskee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Katskee of Omaha, and David Green, son of family walked so happily to services honoring their tightly to the golden chain hanging from my neckreligion while I drove my sports car worrying about just like I held on to my rehgion. I held it the best Mr. and Mrs. Richard way I knew how my own way what CD to play next. I felt a fear deep inside me. Green of Port

Jefferson, N.Y., were married Oct. 2 at Beth El Synagogue. Rabbi Paul Drazen and Cantor EmU Berkovits officiated. A reception followed at tb«|.| Maniott Bbtel. .l^te bride, a graduate, of Arizoaa State Bi|^ and Kb*. David Green IS Ualveriity, em^oyed by the Henry Fk>rence, Ltd. law firm in Phoenix. She also teaches Sunday school at Temple BeU> Sholom. The groom is accounting manager for MicroAge, Inc., in Phoenix. He is a graduate of Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y. The bride's attendants were Andrea Benkel of Phoenix, Jennifer Todhunter of Chicago, and Stacey Green of Atlanta. Groomsmen were Paul Steadmon and Jeff Benkel, both of Phoenix, and Richard Katskee of Cambridge, Mass. After a honeymoon to Laa Vegas, the newlyweds will reside in Chandler, Ariz.

Holland Jewry halts aid By Henriette Boas AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Jewish Social Welfare Foundation here has announced it will no longer give legal assistance to refugees from the former Soviet Union seeking political asylum in Holland. Explaining its decision, the foundation said it beUeves that many of those arriving from the former Soviet Union have attained forged documents to back up claims of their Jewish origin. About 1,000 people with false documents arrived in Holland during the past year-and-a-half, the foundation said. The organization also noted that others claiming to have arrived directly from the former Soviet Union in fact arrived from Israel. Holland offers political asylum only to people who were persecuted in their own country, but not to those who arrive via Israel. The foundation noted that the total number of people seeking political asylum in Holland during the first eight months of 1994 stood at 35,000, the same as the total number of applications received in all of 1993.



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TEL AVIV (JTA) — More than 70 percent of American Jews'have never visited Israel, accdnding to a Haifa University researcher. In his study, based on statistics provided by various Jewish federations across the United States, researcher David Mittelburg also found that intermarriage was higher among young American Jews who have not visited Israel. Only 19 per cent 1 Mittelburg's study, which covered some 10,000 people, disclosed that in the 35-44 age group, only 19 per cent had ever visited Israel. Among those between the ages of 18-34, 30 percent had visited Israel; in the 45-and-above age group, the total rose to 44 percent. The study indicated that in the 18-34 age group intermarriage was as high as 62 percent among those who had never visited Israel, as compared with 19 percent among those in the same age group who had traveled at least once to Israel.



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Professor sees continuing controversy over ownership of IHaram al-Sharif By Morris Maline issue is who owns them, particularly In describing Haram Etl-Sharif aa *the shared or contested holy places. most precious piece of Jerusalem real "Not now, inside the Church of the Holy estate for Jews and Muslims," a New Sepulcher, where the Christians still York University professor predicted that stand frozen in their 1852 posture of stamore arguments are yet to come. tus quo, but sites like the graves of the Francis E. Peters, of the University's patriarchs at Hebron, or, dare one even Near East Center, drew this conclusion contemplate it, the top of the Temple in his keynote lecture Sunday at the Mount, the Haram al-Sharif, the place of I Seventh Annual Symposium of the Dome of the Rock and the Aqsa Mosque." Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Moshe Dayan, said professor Peters, by a Jewish Civilization. rapid and almost unilateral act, as Professor Peters spoke on "Holy & Minster of Defense, handed the Haram Haram: The Limits of Sacred Real over to the Muslim authorities on June Estate,' within the overall conference 17, 1967, and history has shown this to be theme of "Pilgrims & Travelers to the a wise decision. Holy Land." Professor Peters pointed out that the He said that because Jerusalem was chief rabbinate of Israel made the area for more than 1300 years under Moslem taboo for Jews and Christians, but that sovereignty, they were in a position to the world has not heard the last of the do whatever they chose with the dty. Haram al-Sharif, nor the other holy He pointed out that while Muslim law places of that triply holy city. protected Jewish and Christian commuMore than 100 scholars and members of nities from their Muslim rulers, there the community attended the keynote lecwas no protection for holy places. ture in the Jewish Community Center. According to Professor Peters, the The two-day symposium, sponsored by Muslims were drawn to certain of the Creighton University and the Jewish holy places of the "Peoples of the Book," Federation of Omaha, continued on but not to the Church of the Holy, Monday with sessions at the University. Sepulcher or resurrection since they did not believe Jesus had died on the cross. From left, Professor Francis E. Peters, Near East . P•«"l'"g ^t the opening welcome sesmuch less that he had risen. Center New York Universitv the Rev Mirhael ^°"^ were Dr. Menachem Mor, holder. Nor. did Bethlehem much concern ^^°^^'' ^t,'^/^^ University, the Rev Michael The Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Chair them, again by reason of their *^>^0'erra, S.J., Dean, College of Arts & bciences, in Jewish Civilization at Creighton, the Christology. But, the Abrahamic and Creighton University; Dr. Menachem Mor, chairman, Rev. Michael Proterra, S.J., Dean, College Davidic resonances of the Temple were Department of Jewish History, University of Haifa. of Arts & Sciences, Creighton University, and Steven Riekes, representing the theirs too, and the graves of the patriJewish Federation of Omaha; The Rev. "Thus, the protection of the holy places is now more archs at Hebron the subject of their veneration as secular than religious, more secure than it was in Michael Morrison, S.J., president, Creighton well. "They simply took these places over, as eventual- the past because of an international consensus University, Seth Bornstein, vice chairman, Jewish ly they did David's supposed tomb on Mount Zion." about freedom of worship and access, and more Cultural Arts Council, and Kathryn Thomas, assoinsecure than ever because two of the rivals for He explained that was a long time ago, adding that those places are now capable of doing grievous and ciate vice president academic affairs, Creighton since the Ottoman surrender in 1918, Jerusalem immediate harm to each other.' He asserted that University. Among those presiding was Oliver Pollak, and its holy places have been under British, while access to the holy places appesu^ no longer to Department of History, University of Nebraska at Jordanian and Israeli sovereignty. be an issue in Jerusalem, what does remain an Omaha. Balloon Tycoons S51-5111


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Organizations YES YES will meet Monday at the JCC. Bingo and discussion group start at 10:30 a.m. The choral group will practice in the auditorium at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Subby Ansaldo, interim mayor, will speak. For transportation, call 330-4272.


The Terra Jane Country Inn trip is Oct. 20, and a minimum of 20 must sign up. Cost is $8.50 and includes a tour of the Inn, ride around the woi-king farm on a hayrack with benches, and roasting marshmallows around a bonfire while singing. Bring your own sack lunch or hot dogs to roast. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 10. Call Margaret at 330-4272. Flu shots will be given Tuesday, Oct. 11, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the JCC. Cost is $6.50. The Influenza Immunization Program will bill Medicare for persons who have Medicare Supplement B coverage and you must bring your card. Those eligible are persons 65 and older or individuals 60-64 with chronic health problems involving the heart, lungs, kidneys or immune system. WALK-IN DROP-m Walk-In Drop-In will meet Thursday at the JCC and begin with exercise with Larisa Treskumoza. Bingo will start at 10:30 a.m. in room 10. Bring your own dairy sack lunch to eat at 11:30. At noon, the movie "My Father the Hero" will be shown in the Blumkin Home auditorium. Also, hot popcorn will be served. RUSSIAN CLUB The opening of the Russian Club, for older Russian immigrants, will start at the JCC Friday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the older adult lounge and room 10. Cost for a hot kosher meal is $1. Transportation is available for 50 cents round trip. Make reservations by Wednesday with Ida Grinshpon at 330-8316. VISIONS NOTE: The trip to Nebraska City is Sunday. Wear your Visions shirts! BREADBREAKERS Kim Robak, Lt. Governor of the state of Nebraska, will speak to B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers Wednesday at noon at Regency West Best Western. Cost is $7.50 and the public may attend.

Former Omahan appears in Jewish TV film Michele Roth, known to Central High Class of 1971 as Michele Rothkop, will appear in a CBS after-school special 'The Writing on the Wall," Oct. 11. She plays a high school teacher who discovers that three of her students have been involved in a hate-crime against a rabbi. Based on a recent true story. Rabbi Markovitz, played by Hal Linden, decides that instead of pressing charges against the teenagers who defaced his home, he will educate them about Judaism and the Holocaust. Despite losing more than 60 relatives in the Holocaust, Rabbi Markovitz maintained an inimitible sense of humor. He is truly able to reach these students, wh^B^'Mprior knowledge about Jews and the Hold^pst. When one of them asks why he doesn't hate Oiem for what they have done, the rabbi lovingly says. It is against my religion to ever give up on young people." The Rabbi's wife is played by Millie Perkins, who was Anne Frank in the movie "The Diary of Anne Frank." William Shallert plays the bishop, a good firiend of Rabbi Markovitz. Ms. Roth said, "Even though I played a small part, I felt like I was involved in a very major event. I am honored and excited to be in the film." She has appeared in television shows, including "L.A Law," and has credits in television and movie voice-overs, including "Frasier," "Wings" and all the screams for the female lead in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom." Ms. Roth's parents, Joe and Harriet Rothkop, retired from Omaha to Los Angeles 11 years ago.







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Dinitz trial batters image of Jewish Agency By Cynthia Mann JERUSALEM (JTA) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The trial of Jewish Agency Chairman Simcha Dinitz, which began last week, promises to be a difficult ordeal f^r a man who took the perquisites of power for granted and for an institution already battered by charges of being inefficient and outmoded. Dinitz stands chEirged with aggravated fraud and breach of public trust. His alleged crime was that he charged $22,000 in personal expenses over a four-year period to credit cards for which the Jewish Agency picked up the bill. Dinitz, who took a paid leave of absence from the' Agency to prepare his defense, has pleaded inno-

cent to the charges, which carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison. He has since paid back the money and claims it was all an oversight due to sloppy bookkeeping practices. According to Agency rules, executives are to be billed for any expenses not specifically claimed as work-related, and his should automatically have been deducted from his salary, Dinitz claims. In fact, Dinitz failed to file the proper reports, and the Agency reimbursed him for all of his expenses. ' The prosecutor, Shimon Dolan, argues the affair was not a one-time stumble, but a systematic and

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The Friedel Notebook By Michele J. Riciiaa Friedel Jewish Academy director Shortly after school opened, I requested that the Omaha Public School District send me its students' scores in the California Achievement TestsVersion 5 (CAT-5), administered in spring 1994. I have received the OPS scores, and I am extremely pleased to report that our students', scores are markedly higher. In every test, our students ranked an average of 20 points higher than OPS students in the corresponding grade level. The most dramatic variance occurred in the mathematics and reading tests. I understand why Friedel students do so well on the CAT tests (and, for that matter, why they go on to succeed in higher education and in professional lives thereafter). I consider it an issue of academic depth. Even in Kindergarten and Grade 1, our students bypass "readers" for real literature. By Grade 2-3, they are reading novels and biographies. The trend continues in our upper grades. This year, the language arts curriculum for Grade 4-5-6 is concentrating on fiction and non-fiction which relate to science. Our older students are getting introduced to Joanne Cole's imaginative work, "The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System," and to the fact-filled "Our Star in the Sun," from the acclaimed Barren's Educational Series. The same depth applies to mathematics at Friedel. For example, our older students use such basic math skills as graphing, conversion of decimals to percents, and multi-digit multiplication to devise situations that require problem-solving, reasoning, and logic. The parents as well as the teachers of Friedel are actively involved in the overall goal of ensuring the perpetuation of highest possible achievement for every student. This is the mission of the General Studies Curriculum Committee, which periodically evaluates, expands, and revises aspects of the Academy's general academics. The mathematics curriculum will be the committee's focus this school year. In addition, Friedel is proud to hold membership in the national EFG Curriculum Collaborative, wiiich allows our teachers computer access to multitudes of integrated instructional units. Indeed, we are working towards a computerized curriculum that integrates classroom instruction and computer technology.

KaphoyeVy Preparing for a recent Shabbat at Friedel are, from left, Trevor Gerson, Ben Gerber and Rebecca Brazzle. This is a m^or goal for Friedel as we plan for a move by next spring into the Gordman Center for Jewish Learning. It is a goal which wiU require the support and generosity of Omaha's entire Jewish community, whose assistance we will request in the months to come. Closely intertwined with Friedel's rigorous academics is the Jewish Studies curriculum, which is richer than ever this year. , This semester, for example, a police oiGcer in the D.A.R.E. program and an attorney will be guest speakers to complement Dr. Wolberger's unit on the Jewish values of compassion and justice. We are pleased to be continuing a strong relationship with the Jewish Community Center Preschool. Recently, our older students presented a skit on Shabbat to the preschoolers and played a concentration game related to the presentation. We have expanded our own Shabbat observances this year. Each Friday, a group of students will sing or perform for the rest of the student body, which will correspond to the weekly Parsha. We salute our students for their recent high scores in the CAT tests. At the same time, we recognize that ongoing achievement for Friedel students will depend on the dedication and commitment of parents, teachers, and of the entire Jewish community of Omaha. By joining together, we can really score.

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By Harry Paskowitz Attending the monthly meeting of the JWV Epptein-Morgan Post 260 were Jacque Dolgoff, tiam Kaplan, Ben Magzamin, Sol Mann, Dr. Milton Margolin, Harry Paskowitz, Leo Sivin and Lester Waxman. Chaplain Margolin gave the opening prayer and we honored the flag. Commander Harry Paskowitz announced that he submitted a short article and picture on Nate Marcus to be published in the Jewish War Veterans 100th anniversary book, to be printed in 1996. A copy will be put in the library at the Jewish Community Center, courtesy of Max Marcus of San Diego, Nate's brother. The Post gave an award at the ceremony for Dusty Nichols for his Eagle Scout rank. Quartermaster and VAVS leader Sol Mann gave the financial report and reported on the volunteer hours at the Vets Hospital. The luncheon meeting with the ladies will be held at Shoneys Restaurant, 7837 Dodge St., Sunday, Oct. 16. 2 p.m. The closing prayer was led by Dr. Margolin and the meeting ac^ourned for refreshments.

By Huch Orgel TEL AVTV (JTA) — After temporarily blocking the move, Israel's High Court of Justice this week unanimously approved sending a 30-member police contingent to assume peacekeeping duties in Haiti. The court's decision, combined with the Cabinet's approval of the mission last week, cleared the way for the departure of the 28 men and women who volunteered to help restore stability in Haiti. The volunteer force was expected to leave Israel by the end of the week. In reaching its decision, the court rejected an appeal by former Kach activist Noam Federman, who had questioned the legality of sending Israeli police on an overseas mission. While the court said it would issue the reasons for its ruling at a later date, the expanded fivejudge panel apparently accepted the arguments put forward by State Attorney Dorit Beinish who argued that sending the police volunteers to serve as part of an international force did not contraveae the country's laws. In a statement. Police Minister Moshe Shahal applauded the court's ruling as an "important one."

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Blood donations helped save life By Bemie Meyers "I'd be first in line to donate my blood. I wouldn't wait until an emergency arises." Those were the words of Matthew Ferrer, a young member of the Omaha Jewish community who is painfully aware of the need for blood donations to sustain life. Matthew was in critical condition a number of years ago. He spent six months in hospitals, suffered A healthy Matthew through seven operations Ferer aware of need and had massive infu- for blood donations: sions of blood. "I don't know exactly how much blood I used, but it v;as considerable. I suffered internal bleeding and my fairly uncommon blood type was critical to my life and to my ultimate recovery. "Friends and family contributed to my recovery by donating blood. I would urge all members of the community who are able, to give now—don't wait." Matthew will be participating in the Temple Israel Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 7 p.m. Dr. Jeffrey Passer and Rita Rosenblum are cochairmen of the annual event. According to Dr. Passer, a telephone-calling marathon to set donor appointments will be held at his office, 618 N. 109th Plaza, Oct. 16 and 17. Volunteers are needed for the calling committee or for blood donations. Call Dr. Passer at 330-4289, or Rita Rosenblum at 333-9181. All members of the community may participate. Donate a pint of blood. Save the life of someone you love.


Alvin Abramson honored for volunteer activities Since its founding by a dozen immigrants 150 years ago, B'nai B'rith'a strength has been and continues to be its legion of dedicated volunteers. At B'nai B'rith'a biennial convention held recently in Chicago, 150 outstanding volunteers — of the organization's half a million members and affihates worldwide — were recognized for making a difference both in B'nai B'rith and within their communities. ' According to Tommy Baer, newly elected international president of B'nai B'rith, "On our 150th anniversary, we thought it fitting to honor 150 of our outstanding volunteers. Whether providing sustenance to the needy or cleaning up after severe flooding, our volunteers are our most important asset who make their communities a better place every day." One of the honorees was Alvin Abramson of Omaha, who has been a dedicated member of B'nai Mike Abramson, left, accepts award in honor of his father, Alvin Abramson, who was choB'rith for many yea^s. Although he has risen through the ranks of B'nai sen as one of the 160 outstanding volunteers B'rith from local lodge president to president of the of B'nai B'rith. (Photo by Afexamlim Boxbanin), Southwest Regional Council of District 6, to a member of the International Board of Governors, his CVS Commission, a member of the hoard of direcgreatest achievement, he says, was expanding tors of District 6, and a trustee of the Henry B'nai B'rith on the local level for which he received Monsky Lodge. B'nai B'rith, headquartered in Washington, D.C., a national membership award. Mr. Abramson serves on the Hillel and CVS is the world's oldest and largest Jewish organizaCommissions and is currently vice chairman of the tion with members in 51 countries.

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TEL AVTV (JTA) — A day after it declared independence, the tiny Pacific island-nation of Palau established full diplomatic relations with Israel. A mutual-recognition agreement was signed LOVE'S annual Pan Tournament will be held Nov. 6, 12:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Sunday by Israel's ambassador to Fiji, Shmulik Moyal, and Palau's foreign minister, Andre Center. Uherbclau. Registration is at noon. Palau is located east of the Philippines and north For information, call Marsha Kleinberg, chairof Papua New Guinea. man, at 571-1672.


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